Lille defender Sven Botman has reportedly rejected a bid to join Tottenham in favour of a move to AC Milan, according to MilanLive.
Botman, 22, has been a standout performer for the French side over the last two seasons and was a key part of the side that claimed last term’s Ligue 1 title.
The Netherlands U21 international’s displays in the top-flight and Champions League have since placed him on the radar of Tottenham and Newcastle in recent months, with the Daily Star reporting the former are keen to secure his signature this summer.
However, MilanLive claims the Premier League pair are set to be dealt a blow in their pursuits, with Botman said to have turned down a move to England having agreed personal terms for a switch to Milan.
The report states that, although the Serie A giants are yet to agree a transfer fee with Lille, the Dutch defender could net a salary of €3 million (£2.5m) per year in Italy instead.
Aside from missing six games with a groin injury earlier this season, Botman has been regular in the heart of Lille’s defence having made 26 appearances in all competitions (Transfermarkt).
He has been unable to help Les Dogues maintain a title defence though, with the side currently sitting seventh in the table.
Spurs Web Opinion
Tottenham could do with someone like Botman to come into defence given he is able to play in the left centre-back role.
Unfortunately, with Milan challenging for the Serie A title and ultimately a place in next season’s Champions League, it is a real draw for him compared to where Spurs are at the moment.
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